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MSNBC
Feb 13, 2013 3:00pm EST
senate, refussed to endorse john mccain in 2008 and teamed up with barack obama. now he is the living definition of a republican in name only. there are other factors too. lindsey graham is leading the charge against hagel. have made him supremely vulnerable to a conservative primary challenge in 2014. there's no better way to shore up your standing on the right than to torment who wants to join the obama administration. israel is an issue too. over the past generation the republican party has moved farther and farther to the right on middle east issues to the point that its views are virtually indistinguishable. this they hope will entice jewish voters to give up their loyalties. it hasn't happened yet. but it's part of the same effort. what republicans have failed to produce, though, is any information or testimony that shows that hagel is unqualified or unfit to run the pentagon. this is a key point. members of the opposition party do not have to like the white house's cabinet picks. in fact, they probably shouldn't. since most presidents are going to want like-minded people
MSNBC
Feb 19, 2013 12:00pm PST
you have john mccain out there and lindsey graham saying this is absolutely -- if it goes through, it's not universal embraced by republicans in washington. and like you say, to the point it looks like it's going to go forward with the sequester. i guess is this a two-part gain by the republicans where they let the sequester go through. and three weeks later we have this continues resolution that comes up and maybe they see an opportunity there with the sequester. they can have their showdown with the president and then get rid of the cuts anyway? do you see a possibility of that? >> i think you're going to see some resolution of this after the cuts go into that for a couple days. the republicans have two schools of thoughts. one is deep concern that that has. part the majority of is reflected by the republicans what's the fuss. we're talking 5% here. everybody ought to be able to suck it up with a 5% cut, including with the defense department. i think he represents the majority thinking on the republican side right now. never mind that those 5% cuts in each of the departments are
MSNBC
Feb 12, 2013 3:00pm EST
china, for example, has 80 sub marines just to our 50. even john mccain who was quite critical in the hearing said this nomination should go through. >> right. >> well, yeah. on that point, it looks like the nomination will be confirmed. the problem is it loonlgs like there's a filibuster or attempt at a filibuster and that means democrats and the white house have to come up with 60 votes to get this through. mccain has indicated to break a filibuster. looks like they would have the votes to do that. do you think we have sort of crossed a line here, bad precedent set for future cabinet nominations? never before has there been a filibuster of a defense secretary nominee. only two rejected since 1959. nobody tried to filibuster one in that time. are we creating bad precedent? >> why the senate has the right as a senator said who is supporting senator hagel to do a filibuster. i think it would set a bad precedent because as many people often very conservative have said in this particular case, the president has the right to have who he wants as cabinet secretary as long as there's no
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